If you like to approach missions quietly at your own pace and approach each challenge carefully, you might want to try Stealth games this year. Stealth-based combat mechanics have always been an important feature across all genres, be it action RPGs, open-world action-adventure games, or tactical shooters.
While stealth-based game mechanics have appeared in many popular titles, such as the Hitman Trilogy or the Assassin’s Creed games, there are very few that are exclusively stealth games. So if you like a calculated approach to killing enemies, these upcoming stealth games need serious consideration.
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Assassin’s Creed Mirage and 4 other stealth games worth putting on your bucket list
1) Assassin’s Creed Mirage
- Platforms: PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X and Series S, PC, Amazon Luna
- Slip on: Early in 2023
One of the standout features of the original Assassin’s Creed titles was the clever use of stealth-based combat. The focus was more on getting around targets as stealthily as possible and getting the job done in the blink of an eye.
The upcoming title of the AC series, Assassin’s Creed Mirage, will return to the old roots of the stealth-based combat that made the franchise so famous a couple of decades ago.
Set in the majestic city of Baghdad, this time around, players will take on the role of an assassin named Basim. The title promises to feature plenty of stealth-based combat and missions, as players will try to weave their way through the city’s upper echelons by carrying out silent assassinations.
2) Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Remake
- Platforms: PlayStation 5, PC, Xbox Series X and Series S
- Slip on: End of 2023 or beginning of 2024
Inspired by the popular stealth game series Metal Gear Solid, Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell, released in 2003, featured fantastic stealth-based mechanics. Sneaking around the game world with different weapons and different ways to carry out the assassination had a touch of uniqueness about it.
Ubisoft has been working on a full remake of Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell since 2021. So players will probably have to wait until the end of 2023 at best or up to 2024 to get their hands on this unique stealth game.
3) IGI 3 Origins
- Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC
- Slip on: 2023 (TBA)
Released in 2000, IGI 3 Origins is a sequel to the popular tactical first-person shooter Project IGI. After decades of waiting, publisher Toadman Interactive announced in 2019 that IGI Origins is going to be the third installment in the series.
Unlike Project IGI, IGI Origins is known for its stealth-based tactical shooting, which offers many adrenaline-pumping moments. Origins stands out in the stealth game genre because there are multiple ways to approach an objective. Players can take an absolute Preying Mentis approach or take the enemies head-on. The possibilities available are endless. IGI 3 Origins is one of the stealth games to watch this year.
4) Cause of death
- Platform: PC
- Slip on: 2023 (TBA)
Deathground has been a game in the development shed for a long time. According to the latest rumors, this particular stealth survival game is finally in the final stages of development. It is a stealth game about escaping from an alienated laboratory setup inhabited by dinosaurs.
At its core, Deathground is a co-op survival horror thriller with many stealth-based elements about how players react to AI-controlled dinosaurs. Up to 3 players can team up to fight together and survive in the dinosaur-filled arenas. As the game is in the final stages of development, it is believed that the game may hit the market in 2023 itself.
- Platforms: PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4 and PC
- Slip on: June 2023
Evotiction is an upcoming stealth-action title that has taken heavy inspiration from the Metal Gear series in its stealth combat. The combat mechanics also have some elements from the Watchdog series. So it will be interesting to see how this hack and stealth title develops.
Evotinction promises to offer an engaging post-apocalyptic narrative set in the not-so-distant future. At its core, it’s a story of virus, evolution and extinction, which is very relatable in today’s post-Covid times.
So, which of these stealth games are you looking forward to playing?